February 21, 2018

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Middle Grade Xpress Reviews | June 2016

Jason Reynolds makes his middle grade debut, Wendy Spinale takes on Peter Pan, and Henry Cole tells a “somewhat true” mouse tale.

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Early Literacy Picture Books for Fostering Lifelong Learners │ JLG’s Booktalks to Go

In anticipation of The Horn Book and SLJ’s “Fostering Lifelong Learners” event, check out the following early literacy selections from the editors at Junior Library Guild.

Friendship-Making 101: Picture Books for Elementary Students | JLG’s On the Radar

Making friends can be difficult for everyone. The following picture book selections by Junior Library Guild editors offer characters who find kindred spirits where they least expect them.

Pick of the Day: Nelly May Has Her Say

With one smart heroine and witty wordplay, Nelly May Has Her Say, which is based on the English folktale “Master of All Masters,” will delight.

Pick of the Day: Unspoken

COLE, Henry. Unspoken: A Story from the Underground Railroad. illus. by author. 32p. CIP. Scholastic. Nov. 2012. RTE $16.99. ISBN 978-0-545-39997-5. LC 2011043583.
Gr 3-8
–Gorgeously rendered in soft, dark pencils, this wordless book is reminiscent of the naturalistic pencil artistry of Maurice Sendak and Brian Selznick, but unique in its accurate re-creation of a Civil War-era farm in northwestern Virginia. On the dedication page, readers see a star quilt on a split rail fence, symbolizing the North Star. Confederate soldiers […]